Taming an overgrown plum ?
I have an overgrown plum tree of unknown variety that was mature when I bought the property 8 years ago. I believe it's an Asian variety and have planted a couple of other Asians near it, all of which have produced nicely.
The overgrown one needs some serious work and I've been trying to prune it into submission, but I think I've been making things worse. The pictures below show crazy suckering that's happening with it - - 90% of the growth is straight up!
What do you think I should do to try to get this into a more open vase like shape?
Should I sacrifice a season of fruit (which is fine with me because I've only gotten a couple very small plums off of it) and just do some major summer pruning?
If I remove all the suckers, what will happen to the tree? Damn near all of the leaf growth was from the suckers and not from the scaffold branches.
The photo shows what a typical scaffold looks like, but this problem continues for every branch on the tree!